Oct 23, 2010 2:55pm
Trip Report: 7 WALKERS 10/22/20 Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
7 Walkers played at Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale last night. It was weird (in a good way) to see them in such a small & intimate setting.
To be honest I had very low expectations. I'm not a big fan of any of the post-Jerry versions of the band, though I will admit to seeing a couple of Phil & Friends shows that I enjoyed. It's just that, for me, all of them (Further, Other Ones, The Dead, etc.) pale in comparison to what once was.
BLR Trio (as in Bobby Lee Rodgers of Codetalker fame) opened the show. I'm a big fan of his & feel he's vastly under-appreciated, but hopefully a few people got turned to what he's dishing out. He played a new song (RockStar?) & hopefully one day soon people will begin realizing that he is indeed a rock star . . .
I'm happy to say that I was impressed by 7 Walkers. Then again perhaps that's what I should have expected, as there's some serious talent up on that stage. Certainly I was familiar with Billy, Malcome, Porter's resume & accomplishments, but I had knew nothing about the keyboardist Matt Hubbard. The guy's got definite chops!
Show was cool. Nothing bad to say about it, & people seemed to enjoy themselves. Billy was pounding away (though he had some equipment problems early on that understandably appeared to piss him off), Mali wailed on the guitar, George thumped it up, and Matt did a great job on piano & horns. That said, I hope that they begin to play more originals (plus other covers) and less Grateful Dead songs.
Don't get me wrong-- I LOVE THE GRATEFUL DEAD! Saw well over 100 shows, listen to them virtually every day on this site, blah blah blah. But everything & every time has it's season, & in my humble opinion, although the music should & will live on forever, it's high time to stop trying to re-create that which cannot be duplicated. But that's just my opinion.
That said, I understand you've got to give the customer what they want, and without a doubt the crowd most enjoyed & appreciated the old standards (Sugaree, I know You Ryder, Lovelight, etc.) so I'm sure they'll continue to play them.
Personally, I wouldn't mind a couple of Dead tunes each show, as long as it's not the majority of the show. The good news is that new stuff is damn good!! 7 WALKERS is very good, and in my not-so-humble opinion, Evangeline has the potential to be f-ing GREAT! Without a doubt the best song Hunter (& Mali!) have written post-Jerry!!!
I really, really wanted to hear Evangeline, plus I wanted the band to know that at least some of us know about & appreciate the new songs, so I probably yelled out "E-v-a-n-g-e-l-i-n-e!!" a few more times than I should have, but hopefully the band & the tapers will forgive me. Eventually they played it, & it was beautiful. Unfortunately I doubt even 2% of the audience were familiar with the song, but it was the highlight of the show for me. Very touching song. Maybe he was just rubbing his eyes, but Malcome actually appeared to wipe away a tear once or twice.
Really looking forward to the new album (sorry, CD) & hope they come back soon!!! Definitely check them out if they come anywhere near you.